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Card Market Simmers as Manziel Sees First Action

Long before he took his first snap in Saturday night’s pre-season game, Johnny Manziel football cards were everywhere.  Starved for a true marquee quarterback, the card companies have jumped on the Johnny Football bandwagon with both feet.  And who can blame them?  If Manziel gets the opportunity to start for the Cleveland Browns and plays reasonably well, sales will soar.  While 2012 draftee Andrew Luck may be far more polished at this point, Manziel brings a flair and excitement to the position that hasn’t been since since Brett Favre was a youngster.

Manziel rookie cardManziel hit cardboard last spring in the annual draft sets.  Once the draft was over, Panini’s Score football arrived and since then, you can find Manziel in every new NFL-licensed product.

Among the most popular issues at the moment are Panini Elite and Prestige and Bowman (the various Chrome refractor parallels carrying Manziel autographs have had collectors ripping a lot of that product).  To collectors, the Bowman brand apparently trumps the lack of a pro uniform with sales of Manziel signed cards in low print runs selling for four-figure prices including X-fractor rookie autographs numbered to ten that have been bringing $1500-1600 and even a Bowman Chrome Superfractor which sold for a best offer of somewhere south of $15,000.

While some of the early Manziel rookie cards included the same images taken during his college career, most products 2014 Topps Inception Johnny Manzielissued in the last few weeks have somehow managed to get him in Cleveland colors.  Manziel does appear in a Browns uniform on the artsy Topps Inception product with an autographed card numbered to 50 selling for $227 over the weekend.

He even signed a few cards with the ‘Johnny Football’ moniker before the season began.  There’s an Inception gold ink ‘Nicknames’ autograph card numbered to 10 up for bid now (check out the bidding here).

 Johnny Manziel Topps Inception Gold Ink Nickname Auto RC 01/10 The good thing for shops and those who sell online is that even run of the mill, unsigned Manziel cards are selling for a couple of bucks.

Photographers were busy snapping Manziel’s first game action photos over the weekend and you can bank on some of those shots making their way into packs soon as Topps and Panini look to battle it out for the best looking Manziel rookie cards on an NFL field as the season goes on.

The future is unknown. Plenty of high-profile college quarterbacks have fizzled, even after a strong start.  Other athletes have proven themselves worthy and what once seemed like a risky investment turned out to be as golden as those ‘Johnny Football’ signatures.

Below is a list of the ‘most watched’ Manziel football cards on eBay right now.

2014 Topps Chrome Football JOHNNY MANZIEL Auto Signed Rc Rookie Browns 13/25
12 bids - Price: $192.08 - Watchers: 52
Item # 171558972381
2014 TOPPS FINEST JOHNNY MANZIEL *SUPERFACTOR* 1/1 AUTO PATCH ROOKIE RC BROWNS
20 bids - Price: $725.00 - Watchers: 50
Item # 261673896116
2014 Panini Flawless Johnny Manziel Diamond RC 1/1 Encased One Of One Base Card
17 bids - Price: $1,025.01 - Watchers: 41
Item # 301411120087
2014 Panini Flawless Johnny Manziel RPA Rookie Auto Logo Jersey Emerald #d 1/5
17 bids - Price: $405.00 - Watchers: 39
Item # 321594951103
2014 Panini Crown Royale Silhouettes Patch Auto Johnny Manziel Browns #d 153/299
8 bids - Price: $66.00 - Watchers: 33
Item # 131361960204
2014 TOPPS CHROME JOHNNY MANZIEL PINK REFRACTOR RC AUTO #ED 24/75
1 bids - Price: $99.99 - Watchers: 30
Item # 331395986695
2014 Topps Chrome Johnny "Money Manziel" RC Auto Refractor Inscribed
24 bids - Price: $97.00 - Watchers: 29
Item # 201228948240
2014 Panini Flawless Johnny Manziel Emerald Rookie Auto #d 4/5 Browns RC No. 8
4 bids - Price: $118.61 - Watchers: 24
Item # 281506119397
2014 Topps Chrome Johnny Manziel Auto Refractor 114/150 Browns Rc
9 bids - Price: $113.50 - Watchers: 22
Item # 161500766383
2014 Topps Chrome Johnny Manziel Gold Refractor Rookie Card #/50 Browns
8 bids - Price: $61.00 - Watchers: 22
Item # 151492562625
2014 Panini Flawless JOHNNY MANZIEL Rookie Autograph Card BLUE #11 of 20!!
14 bids - Price: $53.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 201227500897
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 TOPPS INCEPTION RC ROOKIE RED AUTOGRAPH SP AUTO #12/25 $400
10 bids - Price: $48.50 - Watchers: 19
Item # 351236114947
2014 PANINI FLAWLESS JOHNNY MANZIEL ROOKIE JUMBO PATCH RUBY 02/15 *JERSEY NUMBER
10 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 18
Item # 381062716732
2014 Crown Royale Johnny Manziel Rookie Silhouettes Patch / Auto Rc /299
6 bids - Price: $31.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 281511545964
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 TOPPS 1965 ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH SP 75/150 BROWNS RC AUTO BGS?
7 bids - Price: $51.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 171553447677
(2000+) Football Card Lot! Game Used Jersey AUTO, SP, Johnny Manziel RC, Manning
11 bids - Price: $68.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 321596434467
2014 Topps Chrome Johnny Manziel Blue Wave Refractor SP RC Non Auto #169
7 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 151491079009
2014 Topps Chrome Johnny Manziel Red Refractor Die Cut Non Auto #12/25! Browns!
9 bids - Price: $27.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 121500155610
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